Vladimir Putin Says Russia Has Tested A Missile That Will Make Its Enemies ‘Think Twice’
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Russia has tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that Vladimir Putin reckons will make the world 'think twice' about threatening them.
Reuters says the Sarmat missile device is the country's 'new and long-awaited addition to its nuclear arsenal'.
The missile was launched in Plesetsk, in Russia's northwest, and hit designated targets in the Kamchatka peninsula.
The Russian President says this will prove to nations around the world that Moscow is not to be messed with.
"The new complex has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defence," he said in an address, according to News Corp.
"It has no analogues in the world and won't have for a long time to come.
"This truly unique weapon will strengthen the combat potential of our armed forces, reliably ensure Russia's security from external threats and provide food for thought for those who, in the heat of frenzied aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten our country, think twice.”
The Sarmat can reportedly fly 10,000km to its target and can carry up to a dozen nuclear warheads.
News Corp reports that it's believed to be the 'most powerful weapon ever created' and can wipe out an area as big as France.
Not only that, but it's been designed so it can avoid anti-missile defence systems, which is great, just great.
Once the testing phase of the Sarmat is finished, Russia says it will start taking orders of the missile defence system in the second half of this year.
The Kremlin has been tinkering with the Sarmat for a while, so this hasn't taken experts by surprise.
However, pundits are concerned Russia is flexing this particular muscle at a time when it is engaged in a bloody war with Ukraine and when it has made nuclear weapons threats in the past two months.
Jack Watling, from the RUSI think-tank in London, explained to Reuters that this could all just be an attempt to distract from its losses in Ukraine.
"The timing of the test reflects the Russians wanting to have something to show as a technological achievement in the lead-up to Victory Day, at a time when a lot of their technology has not delivered the results they would have liked," he said.
The annual Victory Day parade is when Russia gets to show off all its military might to its leader and to the world.
We usually get to see a dazzling array of the latest weapons and Putin always seems to be pretty chuffed with the arsenal.